Karachi (Cliff News)Nadeem Shaikh’s century andJaffer Qureshi’s three-wicket haul powered PVCA Seniors to 14-run victory over the visiting Canadian Seniors cricket team, comprising of over-40 players, here at the National Stadium the other day.It was the first defeat in second outing for Canada Seniors as they had outwitted Sui Southern Gas Limited Company Limited (SSGC) Seniors by four wickets in the opening game. They will be playing four more matches during the tour, having been organized by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA) and sponsored by Omar Associates (Pvt) Ltd.Put into bat, PVCA Seniors recovered to post a fighting total of 248 for nine in the allotted 35 which they defended successfully by restricting the visitors to 234 for nine.It was the 144-run fourth wicket stand between opener Nadeem Shaikh andAzhar Khan which revived the PVCA innings after they had lost three wickets for 50. Nadeem Shaikh struck 19 boundaries in his 106 off 85 balls whileAzhar Khan smashed eight boundaries in his 60 off 46 balls.Skipper Fawad Ijaz Khan, who remained unbeaten on 12 off 13 balls and Adnan Malik (11 off seven balls) added vital runs in the closing stages to take the total to 248. These runs proved decisive in the end.Off-spinner Mahmood (3-57) and leg-spinner Imran (2-32) bowled effectively for Canada Seniors after spearheadNasir Khan (2-38) had delivered an impressive opening spell.Chasing a target of 249, the Canadians lost wickets upfront, undone by left-arm spinner Jaffer Qureshi (3-26) who operated with the new ball. Having lost four wickets for 30, the visitors recovered through captain Talal Iqbal(52 off 57 balls) and Saqib (20 off 26 balls).It was the off-spin of Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Commissioner, Karachi Division, which sent both the well-set batsmen back into the dressing room. The left-arm spin of Fawad Ijaz Khan also came handy which reduced Canada Seniors to162 for seven.An onslaught from Imran Raja, who whacked four sixes and nine fours in his unbeaten 78 off 51 balls, kept the contest alive until the very end and the home side had to bring all their experience into play to limit their rampaging opponents, who fell only 14 runs short of the target.The PVCA opener, Nadeem Shaikh,wasdeclared Man of the Match for his century and he collected the award fromEjaz Ahmed Khan, Commissioner, Karachi Division, who was the chief guest in the presentation ceremony.Canada Seniors will meet Omar Associates Seniors in a T/20 floodlit match at Moin Khan Academy on Tuesday (today) while they will be up against Naya Nazimabad Seniors atLawai Stadium on Thursday.The Canadians will be playing against Rashid Latif Academy Seniors at the UBL Sports Complex on Saturday with their final game to be held against Omar Associates Seniors on Sunday.
Karachi (Cliff News)Leprosy elimination is successfully being achieved, however elimination is not the end of Leprosy. There are many challenges in terms of physical and social rehabilitation, which will go on even in the post elimination phase. Achievement of gradual elimination of leprosy was because of the concerted efforts by a team of committed workers. Leprosy elimination does not mean that disease has been eradicated from the country. It is appealed to the people to do away with stigma attached to disease and tendency to ostracize the sufferer. There is need to create public awareness to minimize the burden of this disease. These views were expressed by Provincial Health Minister, Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhoro, Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder, MALC and Mr. Mervyn Lono, CEO while sharing his views in Annual Function held at Art Council to commemorate World Leprosy Day. Senior Board Members of MALC, patients and people from all walk of life attended the function.Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhoro appreciating the efforts of Dr. Ruth Pfau said that she is a living legend. She sacrifices his entire life for the leprosy patients in Pakistan. Legend like her will always remain in the heart of peoples. He also assured full support from the government of Sindh to MALC for this cause. He further said that World Leprosy Day not only symbolizes our feelings of togetherness and love without patients affected by Leprosy but also provide and opportunity to all of us working for Leprosy to come closer and renew our commitment for a Leprosy free world.
Karachi (Cliff News)Dr.Essa Laboratory & Diagnostic Centre Taj Medical Complex Branch and Alyana Medicare Centre has been arranged on Sunday 29 January 2017, Free Camp BMD& Sugar tests and free all Consultancy of Gyne, General Physician, Orthopedic, Dental, Paediatric there. Program Chief Guest was Tariq Butt ( Additional Director of NAB), Murad Ali Soni (Ex Chief of CPLC).
Karachi (Cliff News)TheKarachi Kings management held amarathon in the spirit to support healthy and sports oriented activities in the city.It was held from Teen Talwar to Dou Talwar Clifton. Mayor Karachi was the chief guest of the event which was also attended by Mr. Shahi Syed of ANP and other notables of the city.Mr. Salman Iqbal, Owner Karachi Kings himself took part in the marathon along with the major sponsors of the team and the Karachi Kings and ARY management. Bikers group The Pack was also present to support Karachi Kings in this healthy activity. Waseem Badami and Iqrar Ul Hassan were also present at the occasion.Salman Iqbal CEO ARY Digital Network shares “The entire team behind Karachi Kings is here to sustenance the teamincluding the players and the team director supporting each other and looking forward to another adventurousseason of PSL.”Players Saifullah Bangash and Sohail Khan, Khurram Manzoor and Shahzeb Hassan were also present along with team director Rashid Lateef.
About Karachi Kings:
Karachi Kings is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 cricket team that competes in the Pakistan Super League. The team is based in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, Pakistan. The team was formed in 2015, as a result of the formation of the Pakistan Super League by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team is currently captained by Kumar Sangakkara and coached by Mickey Arthur a former South African cricketer. It is owned by Salman Iqbal, the CEO of ARY Group. Rashid Latif was appointed as the Director of Cricket Operations on 26 September 2016.
Lahore (Cliff News)A press conference was held in Lahore today to mark the partnership between Homage and PSL, which was attended by Homage’s higher management, PSL officials and renowned media personnel. Homage, a leading brand in Home and Power Appliances category has partnered with HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) as the Gold sponsor for the event. HBL PSL is one of the most awaited and exciting cricket tournaments of this region and is set to start from February 9, 2017.Sharing his thoughts on the association Mr. Najam Sethi, Chairman Executive Committee, PCB and Chairman PSL thanked Homage to their support to Pakistan’s cricket and Pakistan Super League, which has now become a brand of Pakistani people across the globe. “There is a collective effort by the people to make the league a success, and we are working hard to make it bigger and better this time. I promise you the opening ceremony of the PSL will be more interesting and colorful compared to its first edition. The sponsors are coming to support Pakistan Super League and we are hopeful the league will produce young talented players which will make their way to the international team. The successful holding of the final of the Pakistan Super League on March 5, 2017 in Lahore will open a new window to bring back international cricket to Pakistan and strengthen the resolve of Pakistan Cricket Board that Pakistan is a safe country for international cricket.”Mr. Rafiq Parsa, CEO at R&I Electrical Appliances said“Homage is privileged to have partnered with Pakistan’s leading T20 league. Homage supports the promotion of new talent through this exciting sport series which gives the opportunity to the emerging players to showcase their performance at international level and gain expertise and exposure. We at Homage believe that this podium is a breeding ground for future cricket stars of the country. Our aim is to contribute to the restoration of Pakistan cricket to its further repute. “Mr. Rafiq Parsa further added that an association with HBL PSL is a pivotal step towards bringing the game back in Pakistan and Homage promises its fans to extend all possible support in promoting sports in the country. As a National brand, Homage wishes all the teams and players the best of luck and hope that this edition of the league will be phenomenal. Building on Homage’s mission of promoting national talent at international level, Homage has sponsored cricket events in the previous years as well and this year we were honored with the opportunity to support a prestigious event as PSL. This partnership is one of the series of events to follow and Homage will endeavor to support all such future events.
Karachi(Cliff News)International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, signed an advisory agreement with Pakistan’s largest Islamic bank, Meezan Bank, to help boost access to Islamic finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for economic & employment growth in Pakistan.The agreement will help Meezan Bank utilize IFCs global expertise to scale up its SME banking and improve its supply chain finance program, to meet SME financing needs. Supply chain finance is an innovative way to finance SMEs while leveraging the financial strength of bigger businesses.“The partnership with IFC will help us strengthen our footprint in the SME market as the leading Islamic bank in the country and expand the reach of Shariah-compliant products to this critical segment,” said Irfan Siddiqui, President & CEO of Meezan Bank.Ariful Islam, Deputy CEO, Meezan Bank while highlighting the importance of financial rationing for SMEs said, “Pakistan’s SME sector has the potential to serve as a key competitive source. The performance, nurturing and growth of SMEs however are highly dependent on their access to multiple financing solutions. With IFC’s support, Meezan bank will be able to better service this critical segment.”SMEs play a vital role in Pakistan’s economy, contributing 30 percent to its GDP and employing 90 percent of its non-agricultural workforce, but many still struggle to access funding. About a quarter of these firms prefer Islamic finance. The project will help Meezan Bank, the largest Islamic bank in Pakistan with more than 550 branches, to leverage its network and to reach out to these SMEs. “IFC will tap into its global experience in supply chain finance and SME banking to help Meezan Bank pioneer Islamic supply chain finance and adopt international best practices in SME banking,” said Xavier Reille, Manager of the Financial Institutions Group for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.The agreement is part of ongoing efforts by the World Bank Group to boost financial inclusion globally and achieve universal financial access by 2020. Pakistan is a priority country for IFC. During the last three years, IFC has ramped up its investments and advisory services work in the country, helping to support the development of Pakistan’s private sector.
About Meezan Bank
Meezan Bank is the 8th largest bank in Pakistan and the leading Islamic bank of the country. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of Islamic banking products and services through a retail banking network of more than 550 branches supported by a countrywide network of over 550 ATMs, Visa & MasterCard Debit cards, a 24/7 Call Center, Internet Banking and Mobile Banking facility.Meezan Bank has consistently been recognized as the Best Islamic Bank in Pakistan by numerous local and international institutions, which is a testimony of the Bank’s commitment to excellence. These institutions include Islamic Finance News – Malaysia, Global Finance magazine – New York, Asset AAA – Hong Kong, Asiamoney – Hong Kong, The Banker – United Kingdom, South Asian Federation of Accountants, Islamic Finance Forum of South Asian Awards, Pakistan Banking Awards – Dawn & IBP Pakistan, Employers Federation of Pakistan and CFA Association – Pakistan.The JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited, an affiliate of Japan Credit Rating Agency, Japan has reaffirmed the Bank’s long-term entity rating of AA (Double A) and short-term rating at A1+ (A One Plus) with stable outlook. The rating indicates sound performance indicators of the Bank. Meezan Bank is the only Islamic bank with AA credit rating in the Islamic banking industry in Pakistan.
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Canadian High Commissioner Perry John Calderwood with Ajmal Farooqui,Dr Baig ,Tariq Afzal,Tariq Ekram on the Seminar Organized by English Speaking Union of Pakistan.